Friday Grab Bag, November 9, 2018

This week, read about upcoming art, music, and STEM events at Colorado libraries

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library.

Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag!

Art & Music

El Movimiento is on display at Pueblo Community College

Pueblo Community College is hosting El Movimiento, an exhibit from History Colorado that chronicles the Chicano movement in Southern Colorado, and more specifically the Pueblo region. The exhibit has already been popular with local middle schools and college groups. It is free and open to the public during the PCC Library’s hours of operation; group tours must be scheduled in advance.

Poudre River Public Library District is sponsoring An Evening with John Fielder & special guest Dave Beegle, November 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the CSU Lory Student Center Theater. This free event will include a multimedia presentation with John Fielder and his newest book, Colorado Black on White.

Enjoy an evening of musical theater at Basalt Regional Library’s Broadway to You, November 15 at 5:30 pm. Brittany von Stein and Michael Schoepe will perform popular and lesser-known Broadway tunes interspersed with stories.

Broomfield Library is offering Art as Stress Relief, a class taught by registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Ann Noble on November 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The workshop will explore art techniques that help lower stress levels. Register online.

Garfield County Libraries will host a reception for Rifle artist Carolyn McCann on November 17, 4:00 pm, at the Rifle Branch Library. Her Art in the Stacks exhibit will be on display in the library through the end of December.

Kids & Families

High Plains Library District’s Lincoln Park Singers are back for the winter season. Join this kid-friendly community vocal group for seven weeks of singing, dancing, and caroling. Their next meeting is November 13, 4:30 pm, at Lincoln Park Library.

Kids in grades K-5 are invited to Aurora Public Library’s Now We’re Cooking series, Thursdays at 4:00 pm the Aurora Central Library. Each week a cooking instructor will help kids prepare a new recipe that they can enjoy. Registration is required.

STEM & Makers

UNC Library’s Maker-in-Residence program “pairs skilled makers with undergraduate students interested in learning how to dream, design, & build.” Learn more about their current BeAM project that combines bee research with nest construction.

Get messy and creative at Pines & Plains Libraries’ Teen Craft Works series, held at the Elizabeth Library. Teens will create new craft each month using new and recycled materials. The next meeting is November 15 at 4:00 pm.

Jefferson County Public Library is seeking middle school students for their Epic STEM Challenge. Students can enter individually or in a group to propose a STEM-based solution to a real-world social issue. Participants will work with a mentor throughout December and January, then present their project at the competition on February 2 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Register by November 17.

Libraries Making News

Denver Post: Colorado millennials are booking it to their public libraries, mirroring a national trend

Sky-Hi News: Hooray for Library Volunteers | Grand County Library District

The Daily Sentinel: A Celebration of Diversity | Mesa County Libraries

Dodie Ownes from Denver Public Library reports that she is serving on the Readers’ Advisory Impact Committee of the Panorama Project, which aims to provide “data-driven insights on libraries and their impact on book discovery, author brand development, and sales”.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Pine River Library will be Honoring Those Who Served at a special screening of video interviews from the Veterans’ Stories Projects. Join them on November 12 at 6:00 pm for a free soup dinner followed by the video interviews and a showing of the classic 1945 film, Pride of the Marines.

Do you have a personal story about Denver? Share yours at Denver Public Library’s I Am Denver Storytelling Lab, November 10 from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Central Library. This half-day event includes storytelling activities and an opportunity to write or record your story. To register, email: or call 720-865-2052.

Vail Public Library continues their month-long celebration of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with a special Books ‘n’ Bites discussion group meeting, November 14 at 5:00 pm. The group will be joined by English professor Dustin Doss, M.A.

Need a professional headshot? Stop by The Studio at Anythink Wright Farms on November 17 between 11:00 and 2:00 for a corporate headshot taken by a pro.

What’s New at the Colorado State Library

Learning Opportunities

RIPL Quarterly Webinar: “The Data We Don’t Collect: How it Drives Funding Decisions by People Who Don’t Use the Library”

  • Nov. 13, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
  • Free! Limited to first 100 participants
  • Join online

CSL in Session: “The Hidden Biases of Good People”

  • Dec. 14, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00
  • Free! No registration required
  • Join online

View other upcoming online learning opportunities for November 2018. For Colorado-specific events check the Library Learning & Creation Center.

Colorado Virtual Library

Otto Mears: Pathfinder of the San Juans
Read the mini biography of this Coloradan famous for building toll roads and railroads.

Bag of Tricks—The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting
Kieran suggests another resource for your technology toolkit.

Colorado State Publications Blog

The Colorado State Publications Blog is now at! Check out these recent posts:

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. Do you have a story from your library to share? Email Amy Hitchner, Also, be sure to follow Colorado State Library on Twitter and Facebook.

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